The 2023 - 2024 Ohio whitetail deer season has officially wrapped, concluding with the end of the Disease Surveillance Area (DSA) season on February 4th. Before we look at this year's total, let's take a look at the 2022 - 2023 totals.

Related: Michigan's 2023 Buck Heavy Final Deer Harvest By County

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) requires all whitetail hunters to report their harvest using their Online Game Check system. According to the data gathered, the 2022 - 2023 season saw a total of 210,977 deer harvested, 124,332 of which were antlerless.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Approach to Conservation and Whitetail Limits

You read that right, 58% of Ohio's whitetail deer harvest were does. How does the Ohio DNR manage to keep the buck numbers in check, while also managing the overall population of deer? It's simple.

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Ohio limits hunters to just 1 buck tag. The statewide limit is six deer, with some counties limiting the harvest to 2 or 3. Ohio hunters can take six deer if they live in a restricted county, but they'll have to go to a non-restricted county to do so.

State of Ohio All Counties 2023 Whitetail Deer Season Harvest Total Ohio Archery Antlered Harvest 2023: 53,383 Ohio Archery Antlerless Harvest 2023: 51,775 Ohio Total Archery Whitetail Harvest 2023: 105,158 Ohio All Seasons Antlered Harvest 2023: 92,051 Ohio All Seasons Antlerless Harvest 2023: 121,877 Ohio All Seasons Whitetail Harvest Total 2023: 213,928
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The 2023 - 2024 season saw the same balance as the year before and even experienced an increase in the total harvest, even with fewer deer being taken during archery season when compared to the 2022-2023 whitetail season.

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Before looking at the county-by-county breakdown of Ohio's 2023 - 2024 Whitetail Deer Season, let's take a look at the state's individual deer seasons and dates

  • Deer Archery
    • September 30, 2023 - February 4, 2024
  • Youth Deer Gun
    • November 18, 2023 - November 19, 2023
  • Deer Gun
    • November 27, 2023 - December 3, 2023
    • December 16, 2023 - December 17, 2023
  • Deer Muzzleloader
    • January 6, 2024 - January 9, 2024
  • DSA Archery
    • September 9, 2023 - February 4, 2024
  • DSA Early Gun
    • October 7, 2023 - October 9, 2023

Ohio's 23-24 Whitetail Harvest: Which County Tagged the Most Deer?

Using data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Online Game Check system, here's a county-by-county breakdown of the 2023 - 2024 Whitetail Deer Harvest.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

Michigan's 2023 Final Whitetail Deer Harvest vs 2022 Harvest

Another year and another downward trend continues for Michigan's Whitetail Deer Harvest in 2023. Here's a look at the final numbers from each county, ranked by lowest to highest deer harvested, and how they compare to the 2022 season.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

CONFIRMED COUGAR SIGHTINGS: 43 Photos of Michigan's Apex Predator

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) works with landowners and other agencies to track cougars in the state. Here's a look at confirmed photos of Michigan cougar sightings.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

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